Vernix is a harmless, thick, white, cheesy film that coats and protects your baby's skin in the uterus.
Some babies are born with more vernix then others.
Your health care provider will wipe or wash off your baby's vernix right after birth and during his first bath.
During his first week of life, your baby's skin might be dry and flaky or might start to peel. This peeling and flaking is natural as your baby's skin adjusts to the loss of the coating of vernix.
Some vernix might be left on your baby's skin after his first bath. This is normal. It won't harm your baby, so there's no need to scrub it off. The vernix will absorb into your baby's skin within the first few days.
It's common for "crusty" patches (peeling skin) to appear on a newborn baby's scalp. This is known as cradle cap.
The cause of cradle cap is unknown. With treatment, it usually clears up in a few weeks; however, left untreated it could last for months.
Treating cradle cap
You can treat your newborn's cradle cap by:
Massaging a small amount of baby/mineral oil on your baby's head to help soften scales.
Using a baby hair brush or comb to gently remove scales.
Washing your baby's hair with mild shampoo.
Erythema Toxicum (rash)
Erythema Toxicum are yellow or white bumps surrounded by a red splotch anywhere on the skin except the soles of the feet and palms of the hands.
This common, harmless rash can appear at birth or within the first two weeks. It can last for only a few hours or up to several days and will slowly disappear within one or two weeks.
Swollen genitals and enlarged breast tissue is common for newborn boys and girls.
This swelling and redness is caused by the rush of the hormone estrogen, which is passed from mother to baby before birth.
These estrogen levels start to lower soon after baby is born.
A baby girl's swelling will decrease in a couple of weeks, but a baby boy's swelling may take a few weeks to a few months before it goes away.
It's also common for girls to have a mucous discharge with streaks of blood from the vagina up to one week after birth.
Both newborn girls and boys may have lumps of tissue beneath their nipples, or their nipples might excrete a small amount of milky fluid. This milky fluid will stop and the breast tissue will shrink on its own during the first few weeks.